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The course takes place in period

3 (2020-01-01 to 2020-03-22)


Professional studies

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Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

-To give students the skills and understanding to produce 3D CAD parts and drawings of engineering components.
-To understand and use SolidWorks design capabilities.
-To perform stress analyses of components and to determine their factor of safety.
-To produce professional engineering reports.

Learning outcomes

-Use solid modelling software (SolidWorks) to create 3D solid models of parts from orthographic engineering drawings.
-To create assembly models of engineering components using solid modelling software.
-To create engineering orthographic and isometric drawings from solid models of engineering components.
-To perform stress analysis of engineering components using simulation application.

Course contents

-Introduction to SolidWorks, user interface and options.
-Working with planes and sketches.
-Lofts, swepts and revolved sections.
-Simulation and Analysis.
-Surface Modelling and Assemblies.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Technical Drawing and CAD.

Students are assumed to be able to produce orthographic drawings using engineering software such as AutoCAD when they begin.

Course limit: 45 students due to size of computer class. If the limit is reached, students who
do not have this course as a mandatory part of their curriculum in the given period and year may take the course via independent learning using the available online resources.

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Additional information

Download the SolidWorks software for home use from (contains license key) or External link

All deadlines dates must be met. Students not submitting assessment work by the deadline dates will be removed from the course.

Recommended or required reading

Reference Textbook:
"Introduction to SolidWorks", Onwubolu, Arcada Libguides.

"SolidWorks 2019 Tutorial", Planchard, SDC Publications. External link

Follow the weekly in class exercises and tutorials from the course's weekly exercises and tips folder found in itslearning.

Students should complete the "SolidWorks 2019 Essential Training" course in LinkedIn Learning.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 10 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 20 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 50 hours
  • Individual studies - 55 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio
  • Assignment dates given in itslearning.

Assessment requirements

-Submission of the "Introduction to SolidWorks Tutorial" (10%)
-Submission of individual assignment Design of a Chair (90%). Note Urkund will be used to analyze these reports for similarity. Correct scientific writing skills are a very important consideration in the assessment. It is not based on just the engineering design work.
-There is no compulsory attendance of lectures for this course. Although attendance is recommended, students may choose to complete all work entirely individually also.
-Passed assignment marks can not be improved by resubmitting marked reports.
-Previous year's assignments are not valid.

50-59 Grade 1 Satisfactory
60-69 Grade 2 Satisfactory
70-79 Grade 3 Good
80-89 Grade 4 Good
90-100 Grade 5 Excellent

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Vihtonen Mathew


Vihtonen Mathew

Group size

No limit (32 students enrolled)

Assignments valid until

Until date 2020-02-02

The timetable of the course

Week 2: Introduction to SolidWorks, user interface and options. Complete Week 1 from Weekly tips and exercises. "Introduction to SolidWorks" compulsory tutorial from the SolidWorks help menu (10%).

Week 3: Working with planes and sketches from Weekly tips and exercises. Idler arm tutorial.

Week 4: Lofts, swepts and revolved sections from from Weekly tips and exercises.

Week 5: Patterns from Weekly tips and exercises. Modelling a dice.

Week 6: Simulation and Analysis from Weekly tips and exercises.

Week 7: Individual Work (no formal class)

Week 8: Surface Modelling and Assemblies.

Week 9: Configurations

Week 10 and 11: Project Completion - Chair Design and Report (90%).

Course enrolment period

2019-12-24 to 2020-01-20

Assessment methods

  • 2020-03-22 - Reports and productions
  • 2020-02-02 - Other assignments
Room reservations
Date Time Room Title Description Organizer
2020-01-10 09:15 - 13:00 E383 Solid Modelling Vihtonen Mathew
2020-01-17 09:15 - 12:30 E383 Solid Modelling Vihtonen Mathew
2020-01-24 09:15 - 13:00 E383 Solid Modelling Vihtonen Mathew
2020-01-31 09:15 - 13:00 E383 Solid Modelling Vihtonen Mathew
2020-02-07 09:15 - 12:30 E383 Solid Modelling Vihtonen Mathew
2020-02-14 09:15 - 13:00 E383 Solid Modelling Individual Work, no formal class. Vihtonen Mathew
2020-02-21 09:15 - 13:00 E383 Solid Modelling Vihtonen Mathew
2020-02-28 09:15 - 13:00 E383 Solid Modelling Project Individual Work Vihtonen Mathew
2020-03-06 09:15 - 13:00 E383 Solid Modelling Project Individual Work Vihtonen Mathew
2020-03-13 09:15 - 12:30 E383 Solid Modelling Project - No formal class I recommended to complete this work at home if possible. Vihtonen Mathew

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